In an attempt to save thousands of Homeland Security Department employees from being furloughed in the event of agency’s shutdown, the US House of Representatives on Friday resorted to a temporary solution to the agency’s funding problem by approving a one-week stopgap spending bill.
With just hours left to spare before a midnight deadline, the Congress approved the bill for one-week spending fix, which successfully averted a partial shutdown of the domestic security agency.
The House voted 357-60 for the bill in order to avert the shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security for at least a week or more. The bill intended to provide one-week extension to the agency’s funding was passed by the Senate a few hours earlier.
Meanwhile, President Barack Obama was likely to quickly sign it for giving his approval to the temporary solution to the funding issue which has been haunting the crucial security department ever since the Democratic President took his executive actions on immigration reforms while attempting to save thousands of undocumented people in the country from the threat of deportation.
Earlier on Friday, the House turned down a bill proposing three-week funding extension for the Homeland Security Department after conservatives expressed their strong resentment as the bill didn’t mentioned any criteria for blocking Obama’s executive orders on immigration.
The bill seeking one-week extension, which was passed by House, was a second attempt by House Democrats in the same evening to avert the closure of the agency.
Meanwhile, Democrats also expressed hope that House next week would further advance the bill that proposes approximately USD 40 billion in funding to the department for the complete fiscal year. The bill has already been passed by Senate.